The Montpelier Plantation has a picturesque setting atop a hill overlooking the ocean, and 60 acres of lush grounds. Everything here is refined and elegant, from the unobtrusive but top-notch service, to the island-inspired decor with a modern twist, to the fine dining options -- one of which is housed in a 300-year-old historic sugar mill. However, some might find it somewhat stuffy for an island vacation. Plantation Rooms are completely tech-free and lack all the modern amenities featured in Garden Rooms (flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, Wi-Fi) to help guests indulge in the slow Caribbean rhythm. They aren’t as luxurious as other room types, though, and could use a thorough renovation. The pretty sandy beach is a 15-minute drive away, but the hotel offers free shuttle service.